Modern Life Cafe

Eating & drinking

The wearing of face coverings is now mandatory in both our cafes until you are seated at your table, eating or drinking.

The Terrace

The Terrace is our new cafe and specialty coffee outlet. We will be serving coffee from multi award-winning roasters Square Mile, offering a menu of popular espresso-based drinks as well as a changing line-up of guest single origin filter coffee from around the world.

The Sainsbury Centre is committed to supporting East Anglia’s thriving economy of local, independent suppliers and will be placing them centre stage – featuring food and drink from less than twenty miles from the building.

Expect to see delicious cakes from Figbar, wine and beer from Flint Vineyard and Ampersand Brewery in Suffolk and sandwiches from SALT.

Browse our example menu to see what we have on offer, subject to change seasonally.

There is indoor and outdoor seating available. Payment by card or mobile device only. Toilet facilities on site.

Opening times:

Tuesday – Friday: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Last orders 30 minutes before closing


Modern Life Cafe

The Modern Life Cafe is our dedicated restaurant serving a choice of delicious, freshly prepared food and drink with a strong emphasis on local and seasonal produce. A diverse selection of hot meals for adults and children and full range of hot and cold drinks will be available. 

Download the menu on this page to get a flavour of what’s on offer.

There is socially distanced seating available inside. Please wear a face covering in the Modern Life Cafe until you are sitting at your table.

Payment by card or mobile device only please.

Opening times:

Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Please call 01603 592474 for table reservations.


Venue Hire

Due to the pandemic, unfortunately we will not be hosting any events for 2021. Please keep an eye on this page for updates.

If you would like to get in touch about a 2022 booking for a corporate event, group visit, location filming, studio workshop or any other event, contact Sophie Jackson:

01603 592477

Modern Life Cafe Sainsbury Centre
Modern Life Cafe Meal

Modern Life Cafe

The Terrace cafe. Credit: Andy Crouch

The Terrace